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10/12/05

  08:28:50 am, by The Dreamer   , 89 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

hdc is dead, long live hdc?

Well, drive hdc seems to have failed completely now in my Linux server (lhaven).

Fortunately, according to UPS tracking, the new 300GB Seagate drive I ordered to replace it should be arriving today.

So, it should just be a matter of finding the time to perform the transplant. Fortunately, everything I needed to save from the drive has found its way into other areas around my network....though I'm a little in the dark on the original directory permissions, but I should be able to get that close enough....

10/10/05

  07:49:27 am, by The Dreamer   , 155 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Darn: I did the wrong drive....

Should replaced hdc with the new drive (instead of hda). I knew hdc was failing, but it had been okay for the last while....

Well, this morning I found some 'Uncorrectable Errors' logged for the drive. And, it affects files that I didn't want the errors to be at. Actually, there isn't anything on the drive that would be considered expendable. All the data on it is of archive nature. Though it isn't the only drive on my home network that currently has the data. Though it was supposed to be the one spot that has the official copy of the data.

Guess it is time to consider taking another disk order plunge.....

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10/09/05

  05:22:48 pm, by The Dreamer   , 185 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

One out of Three: The Weekend Upgrade

Well, I did part of the planned weekend upgrade.

I upgraded the system disk in my 'lhaven' server from the old 5400RPM 80GB drive to the new Maxtor 7Y250P0 (7200RPM 250GB/8MB drive). The only complication was getting it to boot from the disk. I had some bootable CDs, but to do the data migration...I had put the 7Y250P0 in the spot of the CDROM drive. So, I did the copy first and tried to copy the boot loader at the same time, but it wouldn't take. So, used one of the CDs to boot and then do it right.

Not sure when I'll get the other drives, but these should go smoother since they are data only.

Guess I'll watch the boards for cheap 250GB or 300GB drives. Ideally, again, no complicated rebates required.

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10/06/05

  08:16:02 am, by The Dreamer   , 179 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Weekend upgrade project on hold

Link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5109684136

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Looks like the so called NEW 7Y250P0's, I got from eBay, aren't.

I decided that I wanted preformat all the drives, so that there wouldn't be any surprises when I go to do the upgrade. Normally, it shouldn't be necessary, but when I had done the 6 ReplayTV upgrades to this model (7Y250P0) drive....it seemed to go better if I spent the time to do a full format on the drive first. The one time I didn't, I experienced drive issues about 2 months later.

Well, the drive wouldn't 'full' format (and to make it more difficult...it would fail near the end...) Then I noticed in device manager, that it was being reported as a 6Y250P6. Not recognizing it, I did a google search....found a message thread from last October where another buyer was having similar troubles....and found that it is a 0 warranty refurbished drive with a fake 7Y250P0 label.

A quick comparison with my real 7Y250P0's....confirms it.

Now to see if the seller will make good or not.

10/05/05

  01:00:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 242 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

My Weekend upgrade project

There here....so looks like I have a project for this weekend.

A while back I ordered another 250GB Maxtor Maxline II drive from Geeks.com...for $99 + TSH. Though I had several different possible upgrades to do at the time, and in the end...it is still sitting in its box.

One of the upgrades is to eventually upgrade each of the 3 drives in my Linux server known as 'lhaven' to 250+. It is kind of a big process, and I didn't feel like doing it a drive at a time.

So last weekend after I got back from my job interview...I ordered another pair of 250GB Maxtor Maxline II drives (this time from eBay)....$86 each + TSH. Those two drives arrived today.

So now to figure out how I'm going to do the drive swapping to eventually get the 3 current drives migrated to the 3 new drives. Guess the CDROM drive will come out temporarily....

After this is done, it'll be to figure out which of the 120GB drives will become the new boot drive in my WiRNS/DVArchive box....where its internal controller suffers from the 137GB limit. Space isn't so much an issue, since I upgraded the external drives (120+80+80) to a 300GB and a 250GB drive.

Then what remains is whether I'll ever upgrade the 5400rpm 160GB drive in one of my ReplayTVs (where the rest have 250GB Maxtor Maxline II drives) and the 120GB boot drive in my main desktop.

09/18/05

  08:57:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Crash

  01:29:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 687 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, Networking, BOINC

I've decided....

....that the next time I need to do work on 'box', that I'll get a new machine to replace it.

Even though all I need is a lowly PC to run Linux to serve DNS, DHCP, NTP, SSH and be a router and as bonus do ivs-status-sniff and BOINC for me.

The DNS/DHCP/NTP are core services to my home network (and since all my IVS traffic goes through it, that's also of fair importance).

As you might recall, when I experienced a boot failure on the old machine (a desktop GX100), I rushed over to eBay and bought a SFF GX110. Figuring it would be a minimal change, so migrating the Linux system would be minimal (the kind where I just transplant the drive and it works...I've done these before at work). And, it was cheap. Though it came with no HD or memory, though neither big points. Since I was planning to transplant the HD and I already had some DIMMs from a different GX110.

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09/17/05

  03:15:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 408 words  
Categories: Software, PDA

Upgraded to MSMoney 2006 Deluxe

What a pain that was.

Could this program get any more slower....well, obviously not. Because it is.

Other issues, no more support for custom currencies. And, it changed online configuration.

I have two AMEX cards, and more recently Chase and Bank One merged. But, each was calling separately and download their own data. In setup, I had it skipping the other account....for AMEX and skipping Chase data, because each time I had run it in the past resulted in tons of duplicate data (so I stayed with active statement download from the site, actually active statement option was a recent thing...it used to only do QIF. Perhaps that's why when online update became available things didn't mesh)

Well, it did its update, and the accounts that used to get skipped...it created new accounts for them. And, the merge duplicate didn't work completely.

Took me a while to figure out that the extra 'First USA Credit Card' was actually my Chase Perfectcard. But, once I figured it out...that merge went alright. But, it wouldn't let me do the merge on AMEX. Eventually figured out that I needed to disable online updates for one and then merge. Except that it would let me delete the data from the previous updates (without offering to delete all my other data, that I want to keep). And, the merge that it would allow...it merged the wrong way (deleting all my old transactions).

So, I had to revert to before I upgraded again. This time removing the extra online account setups before doing the first online connect.

Other things...it changed the home page again. Now it shows less information than before. And, it does backups a little bit differently...so I had revise my scripts for processing the backups and flinging them off-site.

Otherwise, I think I've survived. |-|

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09/16/05

  07:32:41 am, by The Dreamer   , 162 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

Forgot a step

This morning when I was checking my logs, I discovered I forgot an important step.

Reenable sendmail. Especially since the box also serves as internal mail server (things like having DVArchive email upcoming shows, stuff like that).

I could have these go to my outside account, but the outside accounts wouldn't accept mail delivered by my Linux boxes (and I'm not really sure where the bounce/rejections are going).

I suppose I could've tied my internal machines to one of the domain names I have registered, etc....but I kind of missed that with the overlap of email accounts that I have under those domains and the accounts I use on my machines.

Kind of wierd having to create a symbolic link of /usr/sbin/sendmail to /etc/alternative/mta, especially since /etc/alternative/mta is just a symbolic link to /usr/sbin/sendmail.sendmail :!: But, RedHat 7.3 did it this way for some reason...though the yum upgrade doesn't catch it correctly.

09/15/05

  07:10:31 pm, by The Dreamer   , 12 words  
Categories: General

Working late again!

It is 19:10, and I'm only just now getting ready to leave work. :??:

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